XXXII Brazilian Symposium on Software Engineering

The Brazilian Symposium on Software Engineering (SBES), annually promoted by the Brazilian Computer Society (SBC), is the premier Software Engineering event in Latin America. SBES is held in conjunction with CBSoft - Brazilian Conference on Software: Theory and Practice. The CBSoft program includes technical research sessions, insightful ideas sessions, education sessions, industry sessions, invited talks, courses, tutorials, panels, demonstration of software tools, a PhD and MSc theses workshop, and several other satellite vents. It traditionally gathers nearly 600 people, including academics, practitioners, and students.

SBES 2018 will include three tracks:

  • The Research Track publishes solid results with a strong contribution to the Software Engineering community.
  • The Insightful Ideas & Emerging Results Track provides an opportunity for researchers and practitioners to submit and present innovative and promising ideas and results in early stages of research.
  • The Education Track (former FEES - Forum of Education in Software Engineering) publishes papers that address challenges, innovations, and best practices in Software Engineering education.

Research Track

This is the traditional SBES track, which publishes solid results with a strong contribution to the Software Engineering community. Papers on this track are reviewed based on its originality, relevance, technical soundness, and clarity of presentation.

Papers submitted to the SBES Research Track must not have been simultaneously submitted to any other forum (conference or journal), nor should they have already been published elsewhere.

Important Dates

Mentoring request deadline: February 2, 2018
Mentoring submission deadline: February 9, 2018
Paper registration (abstract submission) deadline: April 13, 2018
Paper upload deadline: April 20, 2018
Rebuttal period: June 4-11, 2018
Notification of acceptance: June 27, 2018
Camera-ready deadline: July 11, 2018

Topics of Interest

This Research Track welcomes technical research papers related (but not limited) to:

- Agent-oriented software engineering
- Agile development
- Configuration management and deployment
- CSCW and software engineering
- Experimental software engineering
- Industrial applications of software engineering
- Mining software repository
- Mobile application development
- Model-driven software development
- Requirements engineering
- Search-based software engineering
- Social aspects of software engineering
- Software architecture
- Software dependability
- Software ecosystems and systems of systems
- Software engineering education and training
- Software engineering for cloud computing
- Software engineering for the world wide web
- Software maintenance and evolution
- Software metrics and measurement
- Software modularity
- Software processes
- Software product lines
- Software reengineering
- Software reuse
- Software quality and quality models
- Software verification & validation
- Technical debt management
- Theoretical foundations and formal methods

Paper Languages and Categories

Authors of Research Track papers are asked to inform after the paper abstract one or more of the following categories. This intends to guide the authors in preparing their submissions and to establish a consistent set of expectations in the review process.

Analytical: A paper in which the main contribution relies on new algorithms or mathematical theory. Examples include new bug prediction techniques, model transformations, algorithms for dynamic and static analysis, and reliability analysis. Such a contribution must be evaluated with a convincing analysis of the algorithmic details, whether through a proof, complexity analysis, or runtime analysis, among others and depending on the objectives.

Experimental (primary study): A paper in which the main contribution is the experimental study of a software engineering technology or phenomenon. This includes controlled experiments, quasi experiments, case studies, and surveys of professionals reporting qualitative or quantitative data and analysis results. Such a contribution will be judged on its study design, appropriateness and correctness of its analysis, and threats to validity. Replications are welcome.

Literature review (secondary study): A paper in which the main contribution is the synthesis of primary studies. Examples include systematic reviews and systematic mappings. Such a contribution should follow a sound methodology and provide a comprehensive coverage of the relevant literature. Moreover, it should answer relevant research questions with a deep synthesis of the results. Contributions that only provide metadata analysis (e.g., relevant authors, publications density by year, most influential papers, etc.) are not encouraged.

Technological: A paper in which the main contribution is of a technical nature. This includes novel tools, modeling languages, infrastructures, and other technologies. Such a contribution does not necessarily need to be evaluated with humans. However, clear arguments, backed up by evidence as appropriate, must show how and why the technology is beneficial, whether it is in automating or supporting some user task, refining our modeling capabilities, improving some key system property, etc.

Methodological: A paper in which the main contribution is a coherent system of broad principles and practices to interpret or solve a problem. This includes novel requirements elicitation methods, process models, design methods, development approaches, programming paradigms, and other methodologies. The authors should provide convincing arguments, with commensurate experiences, why a new method is needed and what the benefits of the proposed method are.

Manuscript Preparation, Double-Blind Review, and Submission

Papers can be written in Portuguese or English. Submission in English is strongly encouraged since the symposium proceedings are indexed in the ACM Digital Library. The acceptance of a paper implies that at least one of its authors will register for the symposium to present it.

All submissions must be in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) and must comply with the ACM 2-column conference (ACM_SigConf) format available at They must be no longer than 10 pages, including all figures and references.

Papers should be submitted electronically through JEMS system ( All technical research papers should inform after the abstract the language and one or more of the aforementioned categories. Submissions that are not in compliance with the required submission format or that are out of the scope of the symposium, or that were submitted or published in any other forum (conference or journal) will be rejected without review. All other papers will be reviewed by at least three program committee members. The review process includes a rebuttal period where authors will have access to reviews and may argue and answer questions from referees before the final acceptance/rejection decision. The rebuttal is limited to a plain text up to 4,000 characters.


For the first time, SBES 2018 will follow a double-blind review process. All the submitted papers should not reveal the identity of the authors. Both author names and affiliations must be omitted. In addition to that, the following rules should be addressed:

  • You should ensure that citations to your own related work is written in the third person. For example, you must write “the previous work of Silva et al” as opposed to “our previous work”.
  • You should not mention any artifact in a repository or website in the submitted paper that allows identifying them. If you need to make available any artifact, please anonymize it and the respective repository/website.
  • If the submitted SBES paper is a follow up of your previous work, you may anonymize the reference in the submitted paper. For example, “the previous work of Silva et al” can be adapted to "based on the previous work [X]", and the reference at the end of the paper can be presented as "[X] Anonymous authors. Not presented due to double blind review"
  • After the paper acceptance, you can include all the paper information (without anonymization) in the camera ready.
  • In case you have any doubt about the preparation of your paper following the double-blind rules, send an email to the program chair ( with the subject "SBES 2018: question about the double-blind rules"

Mentoring Program

Authors that have never published in SBES Research Track or at other international prestigious conferences in the field (on the program chair discretion), and that intend to submit a paper to the Research Track, may request to participate in the mentoring program. The program chair will assign a member of the Program Committee to make a preliminary assessment of the work and give feedback before the submission deadline, increasing the chances of less experienced authors.

Check the deadline to join the program in the Important Dates section, but we encourage the request to be made as soon as possible, since the number of papers in this program is limited and the assignment will be made in a first come first serve basis.

ATTENTION: to join this program none of the authors may have previous publication in any SBES edition or any international prestigious conferences. The request must be made exclusively by email ( with the subject "Participation in the SBES 2018 Mentoring". You should include in the email body the title of the work, the full list of authors, and the abstract.

Journal First

SBES is partnering with international journals to incorporate Journal First papers into the SBES 2018 Research track.

The IEEE Software and Springer Journal of Software Engineering Research and Development (JSERD) have confirmed their partnership with SBES 2018. Authors of journal first papers accepted in those journals will be invited to present their research work at SBES. This offers an opportunity for authors to discuss their work with the community as well as to enrich the technical program of SBES.

The following evaluation criteria will be used to select journal first papers to SBES 2018:

  • The paper describes original results that are not extensions of previous conference papers.
  • The paper was accepted to be published in the journal no earlier than January 1st, 2016.
  • The paper has not been presented at any other conference as journal first.
  • The selected papers will be presented in the technical program of the SBES Research Track. At least one author per selected journal first paper will need to register and attend the symposium to present it.
  • Regarding journal first papers published at JSERD, we only accept submissions of papers from the following categories: Research Articles, Case Studies and Review.

Authors interested to present journal first papers at SBES 2018 need to send an email to the program chair ( with the subject "Journal First - SBES 2018" until May 31st, 2018. The following information must be informed: (i) paper title, (ii) list of authors, (iii) the web link to access the paper; and (iv) a short statement on how the work satisfies the criteria above.

Best Paper Award

Every year the SBES Steering Committee appoints a committee to award the symposium's best papers. Awarded papers of the Research Track are announced during the event. The five best papers of the Research Track are invited to submit an extended version in English to the Research category of the Springer Journal of Software Engineering Research and Development (JSERD)


Program Chair
Uirá Kulesza, UFRN

Steering Committee
Eduardo Almeida, UFBA
Fabiano Cutigi Ferrari, UFSCar
Jose Carlos Maldonado, ICMC/USP
Leonardo Murta, UFF
Marco Aurélio Gerosa, Northern Arizona University
Rafael Prikladnicki, PUCRS
Uirá Kulesza, UFRN

Program Committee (to be announced)

Insightful Ideas & Emerging Results Track

The Insightful Ideas and Emerging Results Track provides an opportunity for researchers and practitioners to submit and present innovative and promising ideas and results in early stages of research.

Education Track

The Education Track (former FEES - Forum of Education in Software Engineering) publishes papers that address challenges, innovations, and best practices in Software Engineering education.